NWGA Scanner | December 13th, 2021

Dalton man arrested for DUI after leaving bar drunk and crashing in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on December 5th, 0221, 2:50 AM, Deputy Fernandez responded to the 1100 Block of Treadmill Road in reference to a vehicle crash. According to the report, “While the driver Mr. Cristian Anthony Cruz, 22, of Dalton, was being evaluated, Deputy Peden was searching the area for a blue bag that was possibly tossed after the accident. Deputy Peden was advised by a citizen that Mr. Cruz possibly tossed it in the woods. Deputy Peden did locate a blue backpack that contained a scale with two small jars of suspected marijuana inside. After EMS completed their evaluation and Mr. Cruz denied further treatment, Deputy Fernandez asked to speak with him about what happened. As soon as Mr. Cruz was getting out of the ambulance, Deputy Fernandez noticed Mr. Cruz was unsteady on his feet. Deputy Fernandez smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverages while standing at the ambulance door while Mr. Cruz was being evaluated. This led Deputy Fernandez to believe that Mr. Cruz was under the influence.” When asked what happened, Cruz advised that he had fallen asleep. According to the report, “When asked where he was coming from, he stated that he left the Oyster Pub in Dalton. While speaking with Deputy Fernandez, Mr. Cruz was very unsteady on his feet and would take steps in various directions due to not being able to a standstill. Mr. Cruz, on multiple occasions, had to step away and throw up. Deputy Fernandez asked Mr. Cruz how much he had to drink, and he stated that he had two shots. He stated that it was a special occasion because he was in the process of buying a house, so he had a few shots.” Cruz showed several signs of impairment during field sobriety testing, which was stopped for safety since he could barely stand. Cruz was then placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test of his breath. Cruz was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail. According to the report, “Once at the jail, Mr. Cruz was unable to stand without being held by Deputy Fernandez, so he did not fall over. Mr. Cruz again threw up in the sally port during intake questioning. Brooking personnel were concerned that Mr. Cruz was highly intoxicated and may need medical treatment. They had him blow into an alco sensor to see if he would possibly need to be transported to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. Cruz showed a BAC of .151 and was charged with DUI and failing to maintain the lane.\